School’s inspiring letter about NAPLAN tests goes viral

Kinderling News & Features

We love this! With the NAPLAN tests fast approaching, a Queensland primary school’s letter reminding students that tests won’t measure “how amazing special you are” has gone viral online.

Walkervale State School in Bundaberg recently issued the letter about the controversial tests, which take place on May 11-12 for students in years 3, 5, 7 and 9 across the country. Designed to identify a school’s performance in key learning areas and rank each school on the My School website, NAPLAN has been heavily criticised for placing unnecessary stress on young students and pressuring teachers to 'teach to the test' rather than the usual curriculum.

The Walkervale school's letter is similar to ones posted previously by other schools, but that hasn’t stopped this one going viral online with largely positive support and thousands of shares and comments on Facebook and other platforms. Regardless of its origin, we love the letter's inspiring message to kids that there's so much more to life than just marks and ranking. 

The full school letter reads:

“This test does not assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.

"The people who score these tests don't know that some of you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of you can dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They don't know that you participate in sports, help your Mum and Dad or that you play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you do your best. Because these attributes cannot be tested.

"The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can't tell you that you have improved on something you once found difficult. They can't tell you that you brighten up your teacher's day. They can't tell you how amazingly special you are.

"So come to school ready to do your best for the NAPLAN test and remember there is no one way to 'test' all of the wonderful things that make you, YOU!"

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